Whether you’re out braving the elements or keeping snug at home, follow these cold weather safety tips for kids from Safekids Aotearoa.
Keep children in child restraints until they’re 148 cm tall
Driving in winter can be dangerous. Be prepared and make sure your child’s car restraint is installed correctly. Child restraints reduce the risk of death for infants and toddlers by as much as 70% in a car crash. Booster seats for children under 148 cm reduce the risk of injury by as much as 59%.
Find out more:
- Read the New Zealand Transport Agency Child restraints factsheet and article on Using child restraints safely
- Read Safekids article on Passenger safety and find out about their campaign 'The Higher You Sit, The Safer the Fit – Keep kids safe when travelling on the road'
- Read How booster seats save lives – infographic and video
Buy safe children’s nightwear
When buying children’s nightwear, pick a design that is snug fitting and has a ‘Low Fire Danger’ label. Nightwear with this label is made of fabric that burns at a slower rate than other nightwear. However ‘Low Fire Danger’ does not mean ‘no’ fire danger – all fabric can catch fire.
- Read more about children’s nightwear in How to choose safe children’s products
Heat your home safely
Make sure electric blankets and heaters are in good working order. Use fireguards and remember the rule to keep kids ‘a metre from the heater’.
- Read about Fire safety in the home
Have working smoke alarms
Test them now. Replace batteries to ensure your smoke alarms are always working to save your life in a house fire.
- Read more about smoke alarms on the New Zealand Fire Service website
- Read about the standard for Interconnected smoke alarms in houses
Prevent button battery-related injuries
When a child swallows a battery and it gets stuck in their throat, it can cause serious burn injuries in as little as 2 hours. Safekids and Energizer recommends that you:
- SEARCH your home for gadgets that contain batteries
- SECURE these devices out of sight and reach of babies and toddlers, and keep loose batteries locked away
- SHARE this life-saving information with caregivers, friends, family, and whanau.
- finally, GET HELP FAST if you suspect your child has swallowed a button battery. Take the child to a hospital emergency department immediately.
To find out more, visit The Battery Controlled website.